Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Personality Kitchens; Styling

I am always so excited when I find a project where the homeowners clearly have a style of their own. This is the kitchen of a 200 year old antique home, where every room is vibrantly slathered in color.  I  scouted this house, and sold this project to Country Living magazine, which I produced in 2009.

The homeowner, who is fearless  using color,  had been desperately looking for an expressive rug for the kitchen floor. I stepped in to suggest the rug above from Dash and Albert which I brought in for the shoot. The homeowner fell for it, and it became a permanent fixture to the home.

The before picture below demonstrates the before and after effect of styling. You can see the dramatic impact made by the rug, curtains, the additional props, and a beautifully set table that enhanced the setting for the photo shoot.

I could not resist the idea of making homemade biscuits with strawberries and cream for the table.

Styled by Karin Lidbeck-Brent for Country Living magazine May 2009
Photography:  by Johnny Valiant

It is tiny things and attention to detail that make the difference on a shoot. The homeowner had made some curtains with a crocheted edge in another room.  She was totally open to my suggestion that the kitchen window could use a curtain with the special treatment.


  1. Hi Karin, thanks for the shout out. We always love working with you!

    -Jess from Dash & Albert

  2. Beautiful. Is there a pattern available for purchase for this edging? I would love to try it!

  3. The "before" was lovely in its simplicity, but the "after"! Oh, my, what a delightful kitchen!! I'd want to move my bed into it, it's so colorful, cheerful and livable!

  4. Check out for edging patterns